Halloween In Mexico

“Halloween (Día de las Brujas) is hailed mainly as a children’s festivity in Mexico on October 31. It is often overshadowed by the Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) celebrations. Halloween is celebrated among Mexican children who wear costumes when they go trick-or-treating to people’s homes, asking for candy. When they trick-or-treat at each door, they shout, “we want Halloween” (queremos Halloween).Toys and candy that are made to resemble skeletons, coffins, and the personification of death (La Muerta) are found in many stores at this time of the year. Candles, paper wreaths and seasonal flowers are also sold for the Day of the Dead celebrations, which start as early as the evening of Halloween. Mexico’s Day of the Dead, which falls closely to Halloween, is celebrated on a larger scale – Mexicans embrace it as a festive occasion with parties, dancing, singing, and even fireworks!” From https://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/mexico/halloween  – Makiya Love

Kwanzaa

The name Kwanzaa comes  from the phrase “matunda ya kwanza” which means “first fruits” in Swahili. families celebrate Kwanzaa in its own way, but celebrations often include songs and dances, African

drums, storytelling, poetry reading, and a large traditional meal. On each of the seven nights, the family gets the candles and a child lights one of the candles on the candle holder. The principles are values of African culture which contribute to building and reinforcing community among African-Americans. Kwanzaa also has seven basic symbols which represent values and concepts reflective of African culture. These are some of the symbols.

Unity:Umoja (oo–MO–jah)
To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.

Self-determination: Kujichagulia (koo–gee–cha–goo–LEE–yah)
To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, and speak for ourselves.

Collective Work and Responsibility: Ujima (oo–GEE–mah)
To build and maintain our community together and make our brother’s and sister’s problems our problems and to solve them together.

Cooperative Economics: Ujamaa (oo–JAH–mah)
To build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together.

Purpose: Nia (nee–YAH)
To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.

Creativity: Kuumba (koo–OOM–bah)
To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.

Faith: Imani (ee–MAH–nee)
To believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.

source : http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/kwanzaa-history

 

 

Three Kings Day

The traditional “Rosca de Reyes” pastry that is made on January 6 for Epiphany.

Three Kings Day, otherwise known as Epiphany, is a Christian holiday celebrated annually on January 6. The holiday is used to celebrate the three wise men, which according to Christianity are the kings who brought the gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh to Jesus Christ on the day of his birth.

This holiday is widely celebrated throughout the Latino culture. El Dia de los Reyes, which is the name for it in Spanish, is celebrated by having kids leave their shoes out so the Three Kings can leave treats inside them.

Another way it is celebrated among Latinos is by baking the traditional Rosca de Reyes, which is a donut-shaped cake made to look like a crown. Inside the cake is a small figurine, the “baby Jesus”. Whoever finds it in their slice must prepare tamales for everyone.

Although Three Kings Day is celebrated in many different ways around the world, it generally serves as another day that brings people together during the holidays everywhere. – Camila Ramirez

Chinese New Year!

Normally, we all have the same day of New Year, which is the 1st of January, but Chinese people have a different one. I mean, isn’t it interesting when one culture has a different way or type of celebration while most people all around the world have the same New Year?

Chinese New Year in 2018 will be February 16th. Sometimes it can be different, but their New Year is normally between January 21st and February 20th. It may be confusing, but the exact date of Chinese New Year changes every year because, the festival is based on the Chinese lunar calendar. The day of the New Year starts on the first full moon between those dates, which is also known as the Lantern Festival Day and lasts for 15 days.

Another interesting tradition is the giving of red envelopes and oranges. Chinese people love the color red because red represents happiness, energy, luck and good wishes. So, when they give the red envelopes, it’s like they are wishing people what the red represents. One other important thing is, they put money inside the red envelope. The money is not the most important part of the gift, but the real deal is the red envelope because that is what represents all the good wishes.

Also when it comes to food, oranges are probably the most common food in Chinese New Year. They also have ceremonies, dragon dancing, and even singing. – Isaac Mung